Co-Optimists win GB7s event at Meggetland

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The Co-Optimists got their GB7s campaign off to the perfect start at Meggetland on Saturday when they won the opening event.

The Scots team, coached by former internationalist Graham Shiel, were in top form and will now head to events in Coventry and Colwyn Bay with confidence.

However, the day did not get off to the best start as they trailed the Wailers 7-0 at the interval in their first Pool A outing. They eventually lost that one 24-12.

The team, led by Melrose’s Richard Mill and featuring a number of Capital-based players including Nyle Godsmark, Alex Cox and Reiss Cullen, bounced back to defeat England IPF 26-17.

They took heart from that to progress from the pool and in the semi-final they played some of the best rugby of the day with Howe of Fife’s Will Wardlaw scoring a hat-trick of tries as they defeated Samurai.

In the final they played the Wailers again and Greg Cannie and Cox (both Boroughmuir), Godsmark (Edinburgh Accies and Scotland Sevens) and Watsonians’ Cullen were the local players in the Co-Optimists starting VII.

The Wailers went ahead 5-0 in the first half, but tries from Wardlaw and then Cox - the latter after a great run by teenager Cullen - put the Co-Optimists 12-5 up at the break.

The Wailers tried to battle back after the interval but the Co-Optimists would not be beaten and came out on top 26-17.